Ky appointed new European Aviation Safety Agency chief

The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has appointed SESAR chief Patrick Ky as its next executive director.

Ky is currently executive director of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking and has driven the set-up and execution of Europe’s ambitious air traffic management modernisation programme since October 2007.

Ky will succeed Patrick Goudou, who has been executive director of EASA since its creation in September 2003 and whose term ends on 31 August 2013.

“I am delighted that the EASA Management Board have nominated Patrick Ky as my successor. Patrick is a leading figure in European aviation and his experience and skills will be a tremendous asset to the Agency. I look forward to working closely with him over the coming months as we prepare the transition,” said Goudou.

Prior to leading SESAR, Ky held different managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, a consulting company, and Eurocontrol. In 2004, he joined the European Commission to work on SESAR.

In total, Ky has more than 23 years of work experience in Civil Aviation. A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France, Ky also holds degrees in economics from the University of Toulouse and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“It has been a privilege to lead SESAR’s incredibly talented people through times of great challenge and great opportunity. I am extraordinarily proud of what we have accomplished together and I am confident that my departure will not jeopardize the future of SESAR. The team is ready, prepared and skilled to face future challenges and build on the good work that has already been achieved. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with SESAR in my new position – which, after all shares a common objective,” said Ky on his new engagement.

The process of replacing Ky as SESAR as executive director will be conducted through an official call.

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